- 1925 - Max "The Touch" Zaslofsky (right) is born in Brooklyn, New York. Zaslofsky was one of the most prolific scorers in the Basketball Association of America, the forerunner to the NBA. He led the league in scoring in the 1947-48 season.
- 1949 - The Indianapolis Jets beat the Washington Capitols, 94-78, snapping the Capitols’ NBA-record streak at 15 consecutive games won at the start of the season. That mark was tied in 1993 by the Houston Rockets.
- 1956 - Hall of Fame legend Larry Bird, who led Indiana State and the Boston Celtics to new heights, is born in West Baden, Indiana.
- 1963 - The Kansas Jayhawks, coached by Dick Tarp and led by George Unseld and Walt Wesley, snap the University of Cincinnati's 90-game home winning streak, 51-47, at Armory Fieldhouse. The streak, attributable mostly to the brilliance of players Oscar Robertson and Paul Hogue and Coach Ed Jucker, dated back to March 1957.
- 1982 - The Utah Jazz, in a 137-121 loss at Portland, set an NBA record for free throw percentage in a game, connecting on all 39 of their attempts from the line.
- 1983 - The Detroit Pistons defeat the Nuggets, 186-184, in triple-overtime in Denver to establish a record for most points scored by two teams in a game. Ironically, only two three-pointers are made that night.
- 1993 - What a difference ten years can make. The Orlando Magic establish an NBA record by holding the visiting Detroit Pistons to only six points in the fourth quarter of a 91-89 victory.